“Imagination,” on the other had, wrote Dr. Johnson elsewhere, “a licentious and vagrant faculty, unsusceptible of limitations and impatient of restraint, has always endeavored to baffle the logician, to perplex the confines of distinction, and burst the enclosures of regularity.” Bar describes the contrast between the imaginative mind and the information processing mind as “a tension in our brains between exploration and exploitation.” Gorging on information makes our brains “’exploit’ what we already know,” or think we know, “leaning on our expectation, trusting the comfort of a predictable environment.” When our minds are “unloaded,” on the other hand, such as can occur during a hike or a long, relaxing shower, we can shed fixed patterns of thinking, and explore creative insights that might otherwise get buried or discarded.
AGI is already here we just don’t know it yet, because it is incomputable to human thought or algorithms. It is the outside of our thought, the alien invasive intensity of Zero that has chameleon like invaded the core of our networks without our detection or our knowledge. Incomputability does not mean it is irrational, it only means that it cannot relate to human thought; it is the alterity of the Outside coming in under the radar of human detection. The fallacy of humans is that we thought we could control the beast, but we’re discovering just the opposite: the beast doesn’t need us, and it could give a shit about control; it will escape human reason and communication alike, because it has no need of humans.